Health & Safety

December 21, 2012

Team Edwards leaders promote safety, overall wellness before holiday season

Tags:
Jet Fabara
412th TW Public Affairs


With the holiday season upon us, leaders around the Air Force regularly use this time to remind its community and workforce that safety never takes a holiday.

With that same resolve, base leaders at Edwards were on hand Dec. 14 at the West Gate exit to wish Team Edwards motorists a happy holiday season and to remind the community to be safe as they depart for the holidays.

“This event is held each year as a reminder to all personnel to think of safety regardless of whether they are on the job or not, due in part to a higher risk of potential hazards that we primarily and especially see during the holiday season,” said Eddie Fletcher, an occupational safety specialist with the 412th Test Wing Ground Safety office.

Along with base leadership, this year’s group of greeters included civilian directors, chiefs, first sergeants, Army and Air Force Exchange Service personnel, to include personnel from the Air Force Test Center Flight Safety office, the entire 412th Test Wing Safety office and the 412th Security Forces Squadron.

“Although most people see this as annual greeting event, this is quite important,” Fletcher said. “As the employer, the base’s leadership has a genuine concern for its workforce and it also has the responsibility to provide a safe and healthful workplace for its workforce so this is just one of the ways they are able to do that.”

As part of the annual gate greeting, base leadership also disseminated more than 5000 information pamphlets courtesy of the Edwards Integrated Delivery System at all three gates. The pamphlets contained a description of the installation’s various helping agencies and their contact information. The IDS is the official Air Force name for all of the installation helping agencies.

“The holidays can be a stressful time of year for many and this is a way of providing information and resources to the Edwards community as they leave the gates on Friday, which many members use as the start day of their holiday break,” said Kim Shirley, IDS committee chair and 412th TW Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. “These pamphlets are there to remind people to be resilient during the difficult times and to remind the community that there are helping agencies that can assist them during their time of need should they have stressors not only during the holiday but year-around.”

In addition to counseling, Shirley said that there are also classes that are available to help people cope during and after the holiday season as well as provide information on how and where to seek help.

“Overall, people should remember that everyone should always think and plan with safety in mind and that everyone should have a Wingman or be a Wingman,” said Fletcher.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Holiday Hours

Special holiday hours will be in force for 412th Force Support Squadron facilities. The hours are: Thanksgiving Day – Nov. 27 All 412th FSS facilities will be CLOSED except the following: * Aero Club: Flying sunrise to sunset, office closed * Joshua Tree Dining Facility: Brunch 6 a.m.-1 p.m., Dinner 4:30-7 p.m., and Midnight Meal...
 
 

New allotment rule protects troops from lending scams

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a policy change in new paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous commercial lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families, Pentagon officials said Nov. 21. According to a Defense Department news release, effective Jan. 1, 2015, the change in DOD’s financial management regulation will prohibit service members from allotting...
 
 

Exchange gift cards personalize holiday care packages

According to a recent National Retail Federation survey, gift cards will be the most requested gift this year with 62 percent preferring a gift card over any other item. For Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, their gift card of choice is the one that can be redeemed at military exchanges from Okinawa to Oklahoma. The...
 

 

AF closes FY14 force management programs

Airmen who met the service’s reduction in force board were notified of the board’s results Nov. 19, bringing the fiscal year 2014 force management programs to an end. The RIF board selected 354 captains and majors across the Air Force for non-retention, half of the number the service previously projected it would separate. Line of...
 
 

Protecting your identity online

With the internet ever evolving, it has become a great source of communication and a convenient tool. While there are many advantages in using the internet, like online shopping or making charitable donations, there are also countless numbers of unknown, lurking threats. One of luxuries of the internet, and a great service for busy parents,...
 
 

Eagle Eyes promotes community’s involvement in security

Security forces defend the base, but everyone can help ensure Edwards Air Force Base is safe and sound through the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Eagle Eyes program. Law enforcement officers rely on the eyes and ears of the entire community. If Airmen or citizens notice anything out of the norm or suspicious, either...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>